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The 2014 Collagist Prose Chapbook Contest

The Collagist is pleased to announce its 2014 Prose Chapbook Contest, now open for entries. The contest will select a single winner for publication, as well as three finalists.

Entries will be accepted in all prose genres, including short stories, flash fiction, novellas, and non-fiction, as well as any combination thereof. Manuscripts should be between 35 and 75 pages in length.


Publication by Dzanc Books, plus $250 and 25 author copies

Entry Fees

Two options are available:

$15: Includes contest entry fee only

$20: Includes contest entry fee plus a copy of the winning chapbook (only available to U.S. entrants)

All fees will be used to support and promote Dzanc Books’ non-profit ventures. As a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Dzanc Books publishes excellent books of literary fiction through both open submissions and the Dzanc Prize, as well its imprints. Dzanc is also fully committed to developing educational programs in the schools through its Writers In Residence programs, as well as other charitable activities.


The contest will be judged by Collagist editor Gabriel Blackwell. Entries will be read blind to ensure that only the quality of the work is considered.

Gabriel Blackwell is the author of the collection of essays and fictions Critique of Pure Reason (Noemi Press), and the novels Shadow Man and The Natural Dissolution of Fleeting-Improvised-Men (both CCM). His work has appeared in ConjunctionsTin HouseUnstuckPuerto del Sol, and Artifice. With Matthew Olzmann, he edits The Collagist.

Eligibility and Contest Rules

Manuscripts for all genres should be between 35-75 pages in length. The deadline for entry is midnight, July 15, 2014.

Previously-published excerpts or individual pieces are acceptable as part of your entry, but the manuscript as a whole must be unpublished.

Simultaneous submissions are of course acceptable, but entries should be withdrawn immediately if accepted elsewhere.

Once submitted, manuscripts may not be revised during the reading fee without a complete withdrawal and  the payment of a new entry fee.

You may enter the contest as many times as you like, but each entry will require its own separate entry fee.

Previous contributors to The Collagist are eligible to enter, as all manuscripts will be read blind.

Relatives, close friends, and former students of Gabriel Blackwell should not enter this contest, and will not be eligible to win in the case of their entry. If such a winner is selected, the manuscript will be disqualified at our discretion, and no refund of entry fees will be granted.

To Enter

Prepare your manuscript as a single Word document or PDF, including a cover page with the title of your manuscript but no identifying information: Please ensure that your name, email address, and other contact information appears nowhere else in the document. (This information will be saved by our submission manager.)

When you’re ready, upload your entry through our submission manager, using the appropriate link for either the $15 or $20 option. You will be asked to upload your submission, and also to pay your entry fee at that time.

Winners will be announced in the September 2014 issue of The Collagist.


Please email Gabriel Blackwell at














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